9 items from 2017
Before there were e-sports — heck, before the original Nintendo even came to America — there was Starcade.
The 1982-84 game show, which pitted video-game nerds against each other in vintage arcade games like Pac-Man, Centipede and Donkey Kong, is back this week, with gaming site Twitch streaming a six-day Starcade marathon that runs through this Sunday. And it’s only gotten better with age — an irresistible combo of old-school gaming and Reagan-era kitsch.
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Originally airing on TBS and later in syndication, Starcade featured two contestants answering a few video »
Calum Petrie reports from Insomnia X Resonate – Glasgow 2017…
The Resonate gaming festival launched in Glasgow last year and was held at the SEC (fomerly Secc),, bringing an extremely gaming focused celebration to Glasgow and was well received by those who attended. This year the festival stepped up its size and capacity by teaming up with the well known Insomnia team to bring an even larger gaming event to Scotland.
The event took place between July 21st and 23rd, once again hosted at Glasgow’s SEC arena, though the event has moved into a larger hall allowing the show floor a lot more square footage.
A complaint about last year was that the ratio of merchandise to games was about 2/3’s of the show floor. This year the ratio may have been closer to 60/40 though that in no way means that the gaming was neglected. The show floor had plenty for »
- Calum Petrie
ABC’s coverage of NBA Finals tip-off on Thursday night was on par with last year’s Game 1 between the Warriors and Cavaliers, and as typical delivered a slam dunk on the quiet June night.
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Per Nielsen fast nationals, the Warriors’ decisive win drew 15.7 million total viewers and a 5.9 rating, down just a tenth from last year’s early numbers. (In the Nielsen finals, last year’s Game 1 was adjusted up to 19.2 mil/7/3. Stay tuned for updates!)
Opening ABC’s night, Jimmy Kimmel’s pre-game special (8.8 mil/2.5) was down 4 and 16 percent year over year. »
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– Exclusive: The 12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival announced its official selections for the 2017 event featuring films with Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott, John Cleese, Daphne Zuniga and more. Opening night will feature Michael Mailer’s newest film, “Blind,” a romantic-drama, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Closing night will wrap up the festival with “Albion: The Enchanted Stallion,” a family fantasy adventure, starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, Jennifer Morrison and Stephen Dorff.
Retrospective Screenings will include Daphne Zuniga appearance at the festival honoring the 30th anniversary of “Spaceballs.” Also in this category will be “The Greatest Show on Earth,” from 1952 directed by Cecile B. DeMille, which won the Oscar for Best Pictures and Best Writing in 1953. The screening will honor the closing of the Ringling Bros. »
- Kate Erbland
The iconic toy brand Barbie celebrates its 58th birthday today, and to mark the occasion Mattel has released Barbie Sparkle Blast, a fun and relaxing match game for iOS and Android devices, which challenges players to think strategically to solve challenging puzzles. Players blast gems through different levels while earning coins to unlock and collect outfits to dress up and customize Barbie. Take a look at the trailer here…
‐ Unlock beautiful outfits and style Barbie your way
– Hundreds of outfit combinations with gameplay bonuses
‐ Discover new match‐3 puzzles as you progress
‐ Plan your strategy and use special power‐ups to smash gems
– Meet new Barbie friends as you travel around the world
‐ Earn rewards as you beat fun missions
– Crush gems with amazing combos
‐ Beautiful looking graphics
‐ Unique game modes
– Play catch the Frisbee with Taffy
Barbie Sparkle Blast is available now on iOS and Android. »
- Gary Collinson
Survivor is back for it’s 34th season tonight and this “Game Changing” cast is ready to go to war. People are calling this bunch possible the most radical castaways the show has ever seen. But who are they? In getting a closer look at the contestants who make up the Nuku and Mana tribes you’ll actually notice there are a decent amount of familiar faces who have been on past seasons. Can they get past the challenges this time and turn it around? I’m actually predicting “yes” for two people. Below you’ll find my picks for the one female and
- Nat Berman
Ricky Martin's modern love story is melting our weary hearts!
The "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer opened up about fiance Jwan Yosef on Andy Cohen's Radio Andy SiriusXM show, where he revealed the couple's totally digital meet-cute.
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"I met my fiance on Instagram," the 45-year-old singer shared, explaining that he was looking up art on the social media app. "I am an art collector and he's an artist."
"I'm scrolling and I see this beautiful piece of art," he continued, noting that he quickly became entranced by the artist behind the art. "I wrote to him. And we were talking for, like, six months without me hearing his voice."
And for a long time, Martin shared, it was totally platonic.
"We talked about art, nothing sexy. Nothing »
“Lady Gaga” and “football” rarely come up in the same conversation, much less the same televised event, which made her performance at Sunday’s Super Bowl all the more exciting.
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The artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta began her halftime show — already heralded by Pepsi as the “biggest music event of the year” — by belting out a “God Bless America”/”This Land Is Your Land” mashup while standing high above the stadium. (Hence, you know, “I’m on the edge!”)
She was then lowered to the stage for a gravity-defying performance of “Poker Face, »
Food aficionados will once again be taken on an extraordinary globe-trotting adventure, meeting renowned and yet-to-be discovered chefs in “Chef’s Table: Season 3.” Ahead of its February premiere date, the Netflix original series, which redefined food television, has shared the first look at the upcoming season.
Traveling the world, Season 3 will introduce fans to six chefs, including Los Angeles-based Nancy Silverton and ramen master Ivan Orkin. Viewers will get to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents, and go from a Michelin starred location to visiting a buddhist temple chef living in the countryside of South Korea.
This season’s food masters are: Jeong Kwan of Baekyasa Temple (South Korea), Vladimir Muhkin of White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia), Tim Raue of Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany), Virgilio Martinez of Central (Lima, Peru), Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen (New York, NY) and Nancy Silverton of Osteria Mozza (Los Angeles, »
- Liz Calvario
9 items from 2017
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